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  • n  (archeology) a mound of domestic refuse containing shells and animal bones marking the site of a prehistoric settlement
  • n  a heap of dung or refuse

  • The trove uncovered to date tells PIT project leader Susie Osgood that they are excavating in the site's living quarters and midden section.
  • He found his official residence littered with the midden of the routed Communist army, including back copies of the Soviet newspaper Izvestia.
  • The well-preserved plant and animal DNA in midden specimens promises to be a bonanza for genetic researchers.

  • Scott McDonald in Glasgow Daily Record
    McDonald praised Celtic's much-maligned backline for having the best record in the SPL this season - despite the fact they "couldn't keep hens out of a midden" at one stage of the season - and had a dig at Record Sport's Hugh Keevins.
  • Benjamin Franklin in guardian.co.uk
    ...extraordinary life and work, never more relevant, it could be argued, than today (and not just in America but back in what Ben Franklin, our narrator, calls "the king-riddled, class-riddled midden we call Europe") did indeed deserve...

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